Observing Session–July 25, 2018

It has been clear nights all this week so setup the Meade Lightbridge since Jupiter and Saturn are up at sunset and Mars would rise around 10:30 PM.  Forgot to check the moon but it was also already up.  I also decided to let the kids stay up late since so many targets to view.

Collimation went very easy.   It was still hot out have a 89 degree days.  Also for the first time noticed mosquitoes. 

The moon was too bright in the Lightbridge.  It left a shadow image in my eye.

Jupiter was similar to previous viewing sessions this summer.  The moons had moved to two on each side.

Saturn was awesome.  It was a little blurry but think I made out a ring division.  But, overall it was just wow and my best view of Saturn so far.

I waited a hour for Mars to rise above the trees on the horizon.  It was very big but still fuzzy.  I wasn’t sure if the dust storm on Mars so that it was just too low to the horizon.

Great session overall.

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